Last season, Daniel Brickley was a formidable presence on the Topeka RoadRunners blue line. This past week, he was invited to skate in the New York Rangers Prospects Camp at the MSG Training Center. The camp ran from June 29 through July 3.
The 6'3" 205 lb. defenseman was named this past season to the NAHL All-South team, and earned an NCAA Division I college commitment with Minnesota State University – Mankato, where he will begin attending next month.
Stepping on the ice with elite NHL prospects provides tremendous opportunity. “I didn't know what to think going into this development camp”, Brickley admits. “I was pretty nervous but once I got there the New York Rangers staff were very welcoming and made me, and I hope everyone else feel welcome.” Adding, “And it was a great experience.”
Looking back on the week, he reflects, “After skating with some of the guys who have been drafted or signed with the Rangers, it was very noticeable to me what I have to do to prepare myself to be able to play at that level, and that is to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Playing with those elite players is a lot of fun and great competition.” He offers words of encouragement to others who may have the same opportunity. “It was a great time for me and a great learning experience, and for those who are going to a rookie camp, just know you aren't the only one feeling nervous. Just go in with confidence and make sure you live it up. It is nothing you want to pass up on.”